ARLINGTON, TX (CBSDFW.COM) — North Texas families left with unfinished projects after a construction company filed for bankruptcy last month are now on the verge of getting answers.
Dozens of people attended an RJ Construction bankruptcy hearing this week and said it lasted nearly two hours.
“If you hurt the community, the community will retaliate,” said Josh Usry, an Arlington resident who says he put down a $30,000 deposit with RJ Construction for a renovation project and got nothing. to show for it.
RJ Construction filed for bankruptcy in August.
Since then, many other clients have told similar stories, saying they were away in the thousands for completed jobs.
According to court documents, owner Robert Jordan may owe money to nearly 200 people and businesses.
Previously, Jordan blamed the Arlington Independent School District for his company’s financial troubles, saying the district failed to pay a $1.2 million bill for repairs to Sam Houston High School after the burst. pipes during the winter storm of February 2021.
AISD says an insurance adjuster valued RJ Construction’s work at just $180,000. Both parties are still bound by a dispute over the dispute.
At Tuesday’s creditors’ meeting, Jordan was asked about his finances and accounting practices.
“When a lawyer asked about it, he argued the fifth and any kind of related question seemed to lead to it as well,” Usry said.
According to Usry, Jordan also clarified that he would no longer perform work on unfinished construction projects.
Still, Usry is hopeful about the outcome of these proceedings.
“It’s very obvious that our community won’t tolerate this, and I’m extremely proud that Arlington and everyone else is standing up against this,” he said.
Several former clients of RJ Construction have filed police reports, and investigators are trying to determine if criminal charges apply in this case.
Jordan’s attorney and the bankruptcy trustee did not respond to CBS 11’s request or comment.